two hours has passed nothing but a series of bikers and a set of vehicles that passed by. rain came but the people have them their umbrellas and jackets while others chose to get wet instead. all for the final show of respect. we were watching the celebration of the Holy Mass at the Manila Cathedral yesterday over the television waiting for the best timing to go to the South Luzon Expressway to witness the funeral cortege. hours later we were on top of the overpass along the highway. people arrived in groups, streets filled with cars, but no sign of the cortege. people waited. rain and strong winds came but it made us even more determined to stay. i was with the Cruz family and my cousin. two hours came, they say it was still kilometers away but even more people came. there were children who for sure didn't know much about whose funeral they will witness but were there looking as determined. their parents surely wanted them to feel what they've fought years back. a historical inheritance.another hour came and we knew that the cortege was coming as choppers were now over us. police siren can be heard while flashing red and blue lights were in sight from afar. people were now crowding in the middle of the highway.seeing the people shouting "Cory! Cory!" and making the "L" sign was just overwhelming. as the cortege passed by, we were just in awe seeing the huge crowd that went along with it. some crying, some empowered. choppers flying over throwing confetti and people were later waving good bye. people were grieving but were as well strengthened. it reminds the people that we can as a nation, be united for something great.the Philippines will forever remember her role in the Philippine democracy. it was the people's fight, but the country needed someone to make that courageous stand.thank you Cory. thank you for loving the Philippines. thank you for loving the Filipino people as Ninoy did.
here's a video of her speech at US congress in 1986 as uploaded NinoyAquinoTV in youtube.